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April 4, 1975

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas · Page 47

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I4.C—LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL— Friday Evening. April 4. 1975 SPHERE OUGHTA BE A LAW BV SHORTEN AND WHIPPLE New Drama Patchwork Draws Praise Of Critfc (^ Si iSurrealistic Play Amuses, Confuses Ry WO.UAM GLOVER NEW YORK (AP) - Artfully simple and constantly fascinating ds the Royal Shakespeare Company's new drama patchwork, "He That Plays Hhc King." Four performers, plus a dex- .crious one-man band, form tl|e entire complement of the production which recently opened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The show then shifts to Denver where this quintet along with other members of a special RSG unit will complete a three-month pioneer performing and educational mission underwritten in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The local stay has been in conjunction with teaching seminars at New York University. The other academic participants have been the Universities of Nebraska and Colorado. "He That Plays the King" is j By WILLIAM GLOVER i NEW YORK (AP) — Robert ^Wilson, a current pet ot the wvant-gardc cult, combines Blanco, drama and humbug in )"A Letter to Queen Victoria.' 1 4 The surrealist fantasy written land directed by the 30-year-old jrcxan which opened recently at Broadway's ANTA Theater Jor a scheduled four week run lias one thing in its favor. Run- iiing less than three hours, the piece is a giant step toward en- flura'ble "brevity. A prior experiment stretched 12 hours. J Wilson calls all his stage ex- Jtravaganzas "opera" and gets ^impatient when asked what rihey mean. If "Victoria" is a Jfair specimen, what he has to fay artistically is narrowly pre- tious and intellectual numbing. Jphssivc acceptance is recom- inended. i '.There is nothing in the way jof a plot, or particular coherence in many scenes. The title is. justified by an "introduction" during which four focrformers tear open envelopes yand speak in communal unintel- Jigibility while Wilson's real-life grandmother, Alma Hamilton, impersonates majesty in tiara, Kvhite gown and red sash. The BS-year-old trouper reappears {later for a bit of screaming un- felated to other events. ', The 10 other performers in- tlude Wilson, who does an Jjntr'acte apotheosis of ultimate screaming; and in what may J>e called the only sustained role, Chris Knowlcs, a retarded 45-year-okl with a fair flair for theatricals. When not making operas Wilson docs therapeutic work {villi handicapped youngsters ills research in that field developed interest in the non-vcrba communication motif that so Dominates stage endeavors. • Emphasis in "Victoria" is on pictorial and sound eccentricities that remind of French jwtist Magrittc, the nightmare rffiagery of Kafka and occasion- §lly, Gertrude Stein. •;pn each of the four main 'Jacts." events repeat over and over, or slip askew like dream lormenls. One sequence is a takeoff o[ Oriental traditions with overtones of Zen but IHllc sense. The shortest is a ballet about indifference conducted before a curtain imprinted with the words "Chittor Chatter." A lot of other admonitory signs turn up on stage and in the ANTA corridors. One particularly noteworthy announced "OK OK OK SPUP5 SPUPS OK OK" ad infinilum. The troupe displays great dis- an anthology devised by Richardson from Shake- spearcan canon. Compressed within two playing hours are ta delights and despairs, the ;riumphs and downfalls on nine [amous hero monarchs and despots. Richardson, Mike Gwilym and Tony Church take turns in the first half as the Richards and Henrys' of history. The tragedies of Macbeth, Lear, John and the usurping Claudius of "Hamlet" fill the second. Woven together in such tight fashion, their deeds ns highlighted by the bard of Avon create a dark tapestry of power, only occasionally lightened by happier moments. Richardson has skillfully excerpted pivotal scenes and familiar speeches and adroitly bridged characters together so that "He That Plays the King" is unified drama, rather than unrelated excerpts. The three .men go about portrayals with broad, hign-in- tejisity strokes. Susan Fleetwood contributes sweet, touch- ing contrasts as some of monarchy's great ladies. Important • too to the program's impact is the. musical inderscoring provided by Robin Weather*!) on brass, reed and a mighty collection at tympani. Staging is only ' props, bolic, are a crown. "He simple and the mordanlly sym- skull and golden That Plays the King" is an exercise using audience imagination for ' total, unforgettable involvement. RAIL CARS ORDERED WASHINGTON (UPI) — Amtrak Wednesday ordered 435 new passenger cars at a total cost of 5253 million, including the first new railroad sleeping cars in two decades. larly one couple required to spin in marathon endurance through the assorted tidbits. The lighting effects by Beverly Emmons and Carol Mullins are stunning assets. The incidental Baroque style music composed by Alan Lloyd is a pretty accessory. There are two brief singing interludes in the entire affair. 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